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Lipitor Dosage: How much is too much?

Front Image - ATORVASTATIN CALCIUMLipitor dosage overview:

The following are general recommendations for your Lipitor dosage: 

Lipitor should be taken once a day, with or without food.  You can take this cholesterol medication in the morning or in the evening, but you should always take it at the same time every day.  It will usually begin lowering cholesterol within two weeks. 

If you miss your Lipitor dosage… 

You should take your forgotten Lipitor dosage as soon as you remember.  If it's almost time for next dose you should skip the one you missed and go back your regular schedule. You should never take two dosages of Lipitor at the same time. 

Storage instructions… 

You should always store this cholesterol medication at room temperature. 

Recommended Lipitor dosages 

You should always follow a standard cholesterol-lowering diet before starting Lipitor, and should continue it throughout your medication therapy. 

Adult Lipitor dosage: 

The recommended starting dosage for Lipitor is 10mg or 20 mg once a day.  (The doctor may start with 40 mg daily if your LDL levels need to be reduced by more than 45%.)  Your doctor may want to check your cholesterol levels every two to four weeks and adjusted the dose accordingly.  The maximum recommended daily Lipitor dosage is 80 mg. 

Lipitor dosage for children 10 to 17 years old: 

The recommended starting dosage for this cholesterol medication is 10 mg once a day.  The dosage may be increased after approximately 4 weeks, up to maximum of 20 mg a day.  Girls must have regular menstrual cycles prior to starting Lipitor.  The safety and effectiveness of using Lipitor in children under the age of 10 years old or dosages greater than 20 mg a day has not been adequately studied. 

Lipitor overdosage: 

Although there is not any specific information about Lipitor overdosage, you should never take medication in excess of the prescribed amount as it may have serious consequences.  If you suspect an overdosage of Lipitor, you should contact your doctor or emergency medical professionals immediately.

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Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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